Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,
My favorite Indian poet is Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. I thought of him this morning while deciding what rain-soaked poem I would share with you today, the day of the first fall rains and an important marker, finally, of the end of summer in Davis, California. I’ve chosen Tagore’s “The Rainy Day”:
Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the forest.
O child, do not go out!
The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river is haunted by a deepening gloom.
Our cow is lowing loud, ties at the fence.
O child, wait here till I bring her into the stall.
Men have crowded into the flooded field to catch the fishes as they escape from the overflowing ponds; the rain-water is running in rills through the narrow lanes like a laughing boy who has run away from his mother to tease her.
Listen, someone is shouting for the boatman at the ford.
O child, the daylight is dim, and the crossing at the ferry is closed.
The sky seems to ride fast upon the madly rushing rain; the water in the river is loud and impatient; women have hastened home early from the Ganges with their filled pitchers.
The evening lamps must be made ready.
O child, do not go out!
The road to the market is desolate, the lane to the river is slippery. The wind is roaring and struggling among the bamboo branches like a wild beast tangled in a net.
You may have other obligations this evening, but I hope you will join us at the de Vere’s Pub Quiz. You can watch the Giants game in an Irish Pub filled with fans who feel the same way you do. And if there is some sort of political event going on tonight, as I have heard, make sure your DVR has enough room for whatever it is you decide to pre-record. That way, you can use your fast-forward button judiciously when you get home from the Pub Quiz, with your tummy filled with delicious food and perhaps a beverage, and your mind filled with the sort of guaranteed facts that seem rare during a debate. One thing I can guarantee you is you will be able to find a table when you come by tonight’s performance of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz!
Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions about Halloween in Davis, the state of Ohio, Dracula, Europe, comparing 2012 to 2008, New England, Toy Story II, Winners of Nobel Prizes whose names are neither Rabindranath nor Tagore, young accomplishments, classic rock and roll, Mitt Romney, electric neutrality, ax blows, self-help TV, members of superstar couples, songs that are artfully done, Albert Einstein, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, hairstyles, abundant metals, Irish music, people named after flowers, Florida, wine, bloody ambition, Shakespeare, and grapes.
See you tonight!
Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:
1. Mottos and Slogans. What company asks the question “What can Brown do for you?”
2. Internet Culture. What co-founder of Google was ranked first on Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list? Answer: Larry Page
3. Newspaper Headlines. According to this morning’s papers, everyone’s talking about the third season of an AMC TV show in which Rick and the other survivors finding a new home in an abandoned maximum security prison. Name the show.
4. Four for Four. Which of the following actresses, if any, are under 30? Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightly, Samantha Morton, Carey Mulligan.
5. The Titanic. With a two hour margin of error, at what time on April 14th, 1912 did the Titanic strike the iceberg?